scrip·​ture | \ˈskrip(t)-shər \

Definition of scripture 

1a(1) capitalized : the books of the Bible often used in plural

(2) often capitalized : a passage from the Bible

b : a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative

2 : something written the primitive man's awe for any scripture— George Santayana

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

someone who frequently quotes Scripture

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Generations of famous pizza-making families follow their recipes like scripture, while waves of buzzy chefs from Manhattan to Brooklyn slice wood-oven-baked testaments to Neapolitan traditions—or newer pizza styles. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 These players aren't going to be on the court quoting Bible scripture. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church reaches out to help community with food, hoops," 9 July 2018 After touring a center, White said biblical scriptures about the immigration status of Jesus come to mind. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 Two things should dissuade us from such a perverted reading of scripture. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Her family will receive family and friends on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. with a scripture service at 5 p.m. at A.J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road in Troy. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of Hall of Fame Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer dies at 100," 5 July 2018 With the glorious rise and fall of his voice, the cadence and clarity of his words, the strength of his convictions and their basis in scripture, the speech is just one of many that mark him as an American prophet. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Westfield Tolls Its Bell For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," 23 Apr. 2018 Some have called Jesus and his parents refugees because, according to scripture, the young family fled Bethlehem, a city south of Jerusalem, shortly after Jesus was born because King Herod was looking to destroy him. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 Aside from church disciplines such as how and when to fast, all church teachings are based on sacred scripture. WSJ, "For Catholics, Communion Comes With Limits," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of scripture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for scripture

Middle English, from Late Latin scriptura, from Latin, act or product of writing, from scriptus

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English Language Learners Definition of scripture

Scripture : the books of either the Old Testament or the New Testament or of both : the Bible

scriptures : the sacred writings of a religion


scrip·​ture | \ˈskrip-chər \

Kids Definition of scripture

1 capitalized : bible sense 1

2 : writings sacred to a religious group

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